July 27th, 2016 14:40 EST
Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Manbij, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Mar`a, two strikes struck two ISIL headquarters.
-- Near Palmyra, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 10 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq`s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL weapons storage facility.
-- Near Hit, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL rockets, 33 ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike suppressed three ISIL mortar positions.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group`s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.
Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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